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August 27, 1898

THE NATURE OF THE ANTAGONISM BETWEEN TOXINS AND ANTITOXINS.

JAMA. 1898;XXXI(9):473-474. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02450090039004

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Abstract

The antagonism of toxins and antitoxins is a subject in regard to which our actual knowledge has been limited thus far, and any contribution is therefore welcome. We know really very little about the true nature of these substances; our therapeutic acquaintance with their qualities has been gained by experiments suggested by empirical observation, not thought out and elaborated à priori from any actual knowledge of the true nature of the materials dealt with. The how and why there exists a therapeutic antagonism have been up to the present, mainly matters of conjecture, not of knowledge, and whether it is chemic or bio-chemic, or more strictly physiologic, has been disputed with more or less weight of argument on either side.

A late issue (August 4) of the English scientific publication "Nature" contains an abstract of a communication to the Royal Society, June 6, by Messrs. Martin and Cherry that seems

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